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Reference Librarian

Case Western Reserve University
Case Main Campus

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Job Title: Reference Librarian
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8987
Job Description

Working under the direction of senior management, this position participates in all reference department functions, including but not limited to reference desk coverage, teaching research in various settings, and making appearances in some classrooms, participating in both the Faculty Liaison and Personal Librarian programs. Position performs originality reviews of papers and SJD theses. Supports selected/ assigned Centers of Excellent subject specialties and related collection development. The Librarian maintains timely and accurate usage statistics for the library’s research databases, as required for annual reports, ALLStAR, US News, and other surveys.


    Provide quality research support at the reference desk, away from the reference desk, and via chat, phone, or Zoom. Support faculty and student research via reference questions, conducting research consultations, creating LibGuides, and outreach efforts. Serves in the Faculty Liaison program, helps in the Personal Librarian program for students. (26%)Work on the acquisition of electronic research subscription services for the law library in collaboration with the associate director. Acquire, process, and coordinate the review of license agreements working with CALR vendors and university general counsel. Gather and report usage statistics and is a member of the electronic resource management team. Arrange trial subscriptions. (17%)Direct quality services related to plagiarism investigations (originality reviews), promote academic honesty through policy development and communication, presentations to students, faculty training, and consultation services for law faculty and law librarians. (15%)Provide in-person and remote teaching and instructional support to the law school, including LLEAP, Lunch and Learn sessions, one-on-one and group research instruction, and research lectures for courses. (11%)Coordinate aspects of the library’s relationships with consortia and works with the Head of Metadata to ensure that the library catalog, websites, LibGuides, and A-Z List reflect accurate access to available online resources. (8%)Carry out projects and committee work from the library’s strategic planning process. (7%)Develop and cultivate areas of subject specialization. Share subject-matter expertise with professional colleagues through presentations to both internal and external constituencies. (7%)Provide excellent service as one of a team of personal librarians for JD students and the expanded foreign LLM and SJD programs. (6%)


    Maintain student writing competition data. (2%)Perform other duties as assigned. (1%)


Department: Frequent contact with faculty of the law school to provide welcome and liaison services, assist with research, and support student instruction. Regular contact with law school administrators to coordinate in school-wide initiatives or services.

University: Regular (daily or weekly) reference contact with other university students and faculty. Moderate contact with professional staff of other campus libraries to coordinate service delivery.

External: Moderate contact with law alumni and other members of the practicing bar, providing reference service. Occasional contact with members of the legal and/or librarianship communities while representing the law school or library in professional organizations or to promote shared interests.

Students: Frequent contact with law students in an instructional role. Frequent contact with law student employees.


Supervises students.


Experience: 2 years of professional experience. Prefer experience in an academic law library setting preferred.

Education/Licensing: Masters in Library Science from an ALA accredited school required. J.D. degree from ABA accredited law school strongly preferred.


    Familiarity with library systems and technologies preferred. Demonstrable teaching/training experience preferred. Familiarity with legal resources and documents, in a variety of formats, required. Excellent written and oral communication skills.In-depth knowledge of publishing and information markets; research process and library resources.Commitment to excellence in library services, and to improvement of services.Ability to work independently and exercise considerable independent judgment. Excellent legal research skills and knowledge of legal resourcesComfortable with networked, digital, technology.Ability to interact with people face to face.Ability to meet attendance standards consistently.Demonstrates effectiveness in working in teams.


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In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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